The lovely little town of Serpa, know as "Vila Branca", is located in the middle of the southwest region of the Iberian Peninsula.
The town lies in the crossroad between Lisbon, Faro (PT) Sevilla and Madrid (ES).
It is far from mass tourism, but it is not far from the world. Far enough to be in the pure nature and the silence of the beautiful Alentejo region, and close enough to be easily accessible from the surrounding airports.
Recommended as a home base for the discovery of this part of the Iberian Penisula.
Lisbon Airport: 2h20
Faro Airport: 1h50
Sevilla Airport: 2h30
The Mediterranean climate, ideal for living and for agriculture, has attracted from prehistoric ages populations to this land. Thus, in this region there are many Neolithic remains of villages dedicated to the cultivation of food and livestock.
However, it was the Romans who fostered and developed agriculture in this area of the Iberian Peninsula. Following the Romans, the village of Serpa was marked by the culture of Arab populations.
Later, in medieval times, Serpa was conquered in 1166 by D. Afonso Henriques to the Moors, and was later lost several times during the various battles of the “Reconquista”. In 1295, King D. Dinis had the castle rebuilt and surrounded the village with a protecting wall.
Thus, Serpa was a fortified settlement. Next to it ran the Roman road network that, coming from Beja, was headed to the south of Hispania. For this reason, the village of Serpa has had significant importance in this part of the Iberian Peninsula for centuries. This long, deep-rooted history is felt to this day when you visit Serpa.